Dubai, India sign key customs pact
Dubai, December 7, 2011
Dubai and Indian Customs have signed a major agreement to boost co-operation and exchange expertise in re-engineering customs procedures as well as provide support to the business communities on both sides.
The agreement is aimed at enhancing and developing trade exchanges between Dubai and the top trade partners in the world.
Dubai Customs delegation headed by Ahmed Butti Ahmed, executive chairman of Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and Dubai Customs director general signed the agreement during a four-day visit to India.
The team comprising a senior officials of the Customs department, learnt about the best practices and the ways to conduct the benchmarking for a number of customs-related aspects between the two departments.
They also discussed methods of fostering mutual trade, identifying the Indian business sector needs and pledged to remove all obstacles that might cripple bilateral trade.
During the four-day visit to New Delhi and Mumbai, the delegation met SK Goel, chairman of Central Board of Excise & Customs, S Kumar, Indian Customs’ commissioner at Taxes Central Department, Ramindar Singh Sedoh, director general of India Customs Intelligence Department and Rashida Hussein, director general of India Customs Academy.
Describing the visit as fruitful, Ahmed Butti said they got introduced to customs clearance procedures and electronic solutions developed by Indian Customs to achieve a balance between the business requirements and offered facilitations especially the applications of utilized declarations forms which include 25 fields that update clients on goods description in terms of category, origin and valuation.
He said the agreement also paves way for exchange of expertise in the field of re-engineering procedures and building a database for valuation.
'Besides the deal will also help improve the employees’ competencies at the department in analyzing the data and benefiting from them through the leading Indian experience in this domain which ensures further facilitation and maintains balance with respect to the customs requirements especially the requirements of the World Trade Organization,' he added.
Ahmed Butti said the delegation learnt from National Academy of Customs Excise’s experience and also looked into the possibility of bringing some experts from the academy to help set up training system and programs for customs business and supporting business in the Dubai Customs Training Center.
The Indian National Academy plays a major role in building customs capacity in the Eastern Asia region, he added.
Ahmed Butti later accompanied by the delegates toured Nhava Shiva Port in Mumbai and met CS Prasad, Deputy CEO of the port and a number of high officials at the port which is considered a very vital Indian port.
They were also introduced to the risk management at Indian Customs which resembles Dubai Customs Risk Engine. The visiting delegation demonstrated as well Mirsal2; the Electronic Customs Clearance System.
Ahmed Butti pointed out that the visit was highly essential taking into consideration the trade ties between the two countries.
India tops the list of Dubai's trading partners with over 42 per cent growth in trade exchanges during the past five years, he stated.
Diamonds and precious metals like gold and silver are the most traded goods between the two sides in addition to rice and electronics.
Ahmed Butti said Dubai Customs was keen on providing all the necessary facilitations for the business communities in both countries so as to maintain the distinguished trade partnership which comes as an extension to the successful political and social relations between the countries’ leaders and the Emirati and Indian people.
The Dubai team comprised top officials including Juma Al Ghaith, executive director of Customs Development Division, Mohammed Matar Al Marri, executive director of Customs Cargo, Doc, Aqeel Hadi, advisor to Director General, Abbas Abdulla Makki, executive director of Dubai Customs World and external relations and training, Abdulla Al Shaer, Customs intelligence director and Kasim Pillai, expert at Dubai Customs.
Mane Sultan Al Suwaidi, Trade Attaché in the UAE Embassy at New Delhi and Jay Dep, India Consul General Assistant also joined the visiting delegation.-TradeArabia News Service